I was recently asked about what my daily treatment method was in my recovery. I thought I would share my response on the forum in case others might find it helpful. First, recovering from TMS is going to be different for everyone. The reason: we are all different people, with different experiences, and different personalities. What resonates with one person, may not resonate the same way for someone else. Take journaling for instance. Frequently people post about how they have difficulty journaling, but others, I'm thinking specifically of Lori, found journaling to be extremely beneficial. The key to recovering is finding out what works for you the best. The approach that worked for me, is just that, and nothing more. One thing that I like about the Structured Program is that it exposes people to a variety of techniques and approaches. My own personal recovery rested on two main techniques: reading success stories and becoming more active. Please bear in mind, when reading it, that my recovery was quite easy in that it only took something around a month. Many other people have recoveries that are just as life changing, but do take significantly longer, sometimes up to a couple of years, though not usually. When you are recovering from TMS, it is vital to be able to soothe yourself, and it is a core part of the syndrome for most people to wonder both whether you really have it and why it is taking so long to heal. Worry of this sort is 100% natural, but also 100% unproductive. Therefore, if you are in recovery right now, as you read the story, pay attention to how you respond, and if you find a tense, worrying part of you comparing your experiences to mine, think about what you can do to soothe yourself. What works to soothe yourself varies from person to person, but it might help to remember that everyone’s recovery is different and that this variability is a natural part of the process. Throughout my 18 years of struggling with chronic pain, I often got the feeling that doctors felt that there might be a mind-body component to my pain. I always found this to be extremely frustrating because I never felt that they were listening to me and understanding my unique conditions. Even though they were right to some degree (they never mentioned TMS), the way they presented it to me made me feel like they didn't understand what I was going through. All of this changed when a friend showed me some TMS success stories. When I read posts by other people who went through the same difficulties I was going through, I really saw my own experience in their stories.. The fact that our experiences (not necessarily our symptoms) were so similar made me start to believe that I also had TMS. Once I was able to feel connected with others via reading forum posts I was able to gain the confidence in TMS and in myself to begin doing this work. These success stories helped me understand the true cause of my symptoms and that I no longer had to fear damaging myself. One of the main things I struggled with when I was symptomatic was the fear that I would irreparably damage myself. I used a wide variety of ergonomic devices because I thought that if I typed on a normal keyboard and used a normal mouse I would somehow cause even more damage to myself. I became paralyzed by my fear of what might happen to myself. Reading how other people were able to get better helped me realize that, since I had TMS, there was nothing I had to fear anymore. Sure, when I started to type on the keyboard I still had pain, but I no longer had to fear the pain, because I knew that it was not a structural problem. As I became more and more active I realized that my symptoms did not worsen. Yes, I still had pain, but it did not increase tremendously, which gave me more confidence that this was the right approach for me. TMS is all about momentum and believe in the diagnosis. As I saw myself improving, my attitude became more positive and my fear/anxiety decreased substantially. Recovering did not involve exploring my past and uncovering deeply repressed emotions. I did buy Dr. Schechter's Workbook, but only got through a couple days of it. My recovery really involved learning about TMS from sources I connected with and increasing my activity level. In time, my focus moved from being constantly on my symptoms to being on other things. This included my emotional state, but more importantly on the present, and not the past or future. All in all, it took me a couple of months for all of my symptoms to fade away. Do some people need to explore their past? Sure. The reason Dr. Sarno recommended psychotherapy for people was because it works, especially for people who have a difficult time processing their emotions. It is important to remember that just because you take a long time to recover, need to explore repressed emotions, or need to see psychotherapy, does not mean you failed the TMS program or that in some way it won't work for you. This is stated very eloquently in Dr. Anderson's introduction in Pathways to Pain Relief, where she writes: "The people I treat have usually tried very hard to eliminate the pain and are quite discouraged and self-critical because they haven't been successful on their own. They often feel that they've failed the program, citing statistics in Dr. Sarno's books about how few people need psychotherapy. As he has described, often TMS sufferers have internalized the value "Americans" place on being independent, self-sufficient, and invulnerable."